The Division of Fish &
Wildlife strives to fulfill the goals of the BOW Program by providing
women the opportunity to learn skills that will encourage and enhance
participation in Delaware's outdoor recreational activities. The BOW Weekend
offers four half-day training sessions with courses that are grouped into
& Boating Hunting
& Shooting Outdoor
Participants have the opportunity
to choose from a wide range of course offerings during each of the sessions.
Included among the many hands-on courses during the weekend are archery,
surf fishing, camping, shotgun shooting, basic boating, sea kayaking,
hunting skills, flyfishing, nature photography, and various other outdoor
Fishing & Boating Courses
Basic Boating - Experience hands-on boat
operation while traveling through Rehoboth Bay. Learn the safety rules
of the water, knot tying, mooring, as well as the navigational skills
needed to properly operate a small powerboat.
Crabbing & Clamming - Participants
learn about shellfish that are recreationally important to the Delaware
bays. Check out prime habitat for the Blue Crab and Hard Clam, and try
your hand at harvesting some of each.
Flyfishing Expedition - This class offers
an opportunity to cast for sunfish, perch, and bass from the bank of
a local pond, as well as practice catch and release. Information on
fish behavior and interpreting water are also covered.
Hook, Line & Sinker - Participants
get an introduction to the basics of rods, reels, and tackle. Learn
the secrets of successful fishing, including fish behavior and aquatic
life, weather factors, knot tying, reel maintenance, and boating information.
Introduction to Flyfishing - Participants
learn the art of fly casting, how to tie their own flies, and how to
select the proper equipment for this unique fishing experience.
Saltwater Fishing - A basic introduction
to saltwater tackle and angling skills needed to catch near shore species,
including flounder, sea trout, sea bass, and bluefish. Following a brief
on-shore instruction, participants will board a 21-foot Carolina Skiff
for hands-on fishing on the Rehoboth and Indian River Bays.
Surf Fishing - This course introduces
participants to the equipment and skills needed to become a successful
saltwater angler while enjoying the surf and the sand.
Hunting & Shooting Courses
Bow & Arrow
Beginning Archery - Try out various types
of bows and arrows and learn to select equipment best suited for you.
Participants have a chance to develop their shooting skills at the range.
Emphasis is placed on accuracy through recreational target shooting.
Advanced Archery - Participants learn
how to use more advanced equipment while fine tuning their skills. Learn
more about clustering arrows for accurate shot placement, and practice
on 2-D and 3-D targets.
Bow Hunting - Participants can translate
their archery skills into a love of hunting with bow and arrow. Practice
shot placement on 3-D deer, and aim at moving targets in hunting scenarios
while inside the DART Interactive Video System. This course will prepare
you for bow hunting through teachings on ethics, hunting techniques,
field equipment, and tree stands.
Beginning Shotgun - Participants learn
firearm safety and the techniques of clay target shooting through hands-on
Introduction to Rifle & Pistol Shooting
- Learn safe handling and storage of firearms and ammunition. Shooting
fundamentals, training, and hands-on instruction are provided at the
Basic Decoy Carving
Basic Hunter Education
Outdoor Recreation Courses
ABC's of Herbs
Basic Orienteering - Participants learn
the basics of navigation by using a compass and reading maps while exploring
Camp Arrowhead in this popular form of recreation.
Outdoor Adventures & Fitness - Improve
your health by utilizing the great outdoors for the best possible workout.
Discover how you can use gravity, natural materials, and your surroundings
to achieve personal fitness.
Camping & Hiking
Camping Basics - Learn about all facets
of simple family camping, including tents and sleeping bags, camp stoves
and lanterns, and other proper equipment. Participate in hands-on activities
designed to improve your next outdoor adventure.
Day Hiking Delmarva - Learn the basics
of day hiking and how to get the most out of your miles. A two-hour
hike includes learning about the environment, habitat, and wildlife
that surround you. Participants also receive a list of choice hiking
trails on the Delmarva Peninsula.
Introduction to Backpacking - Learn about
all of the necessary lightweight equipment used in this outdoor sport.
Participants have the opportunity to try out various packs, tents, and
Low Impact Camping and Survival Skills
- Camping is an integral and enjoyable part of many outdoor activities.
Discussions include what to take along, what to leave behind, and equipment
choices that meet various comfort levels. Information on tents, sleeping
bags, stoves, water purification, menu items, and trail etiquette are
Introduction to Photographing Nature -
Learn the basics of photography, including camera functions, film choice,
proper exposure, and light composition while in the classroom. Try out
your newly learned skills during an outdoor hands-on expedition. Participants
should plan to provide their own camera and film.
Advanced Nature Photography - Learn more
about the composition of photographs and different types of equipment.
Practice taking pictures of plants, wildlife, and scenic views, as well
as close-up images during a trip to Cape Henlopen. Participants should
plan to provide their own camera and film.
- Join this course to get a basic introduction to the parts of a canoe.
Learn tandem paddling on flat water including many strokes to make your
canoeing adventures more enjoyable!
Discovering Scuba - Get a fun-filled first
impression of scuba diving during this closely supervised course. The
pool at Camp Arrowhead provides the perfect location to enjoy the feeling
of weightlessness and experience the thrill of breathing underwater.
Quick-Start Kayak Course - Learn the basics
of sea kayaking in this introductory course. Discussions include different
types of kayaks, a variety of paddling skills, along with a myriad of
other topics all with an emphasis on safety.
Sea Kayaking - Explore the waters of Rehoboth
Bay while developing necessary skills and learning basic kayaking safety.
Backyard Wildlife Habitat
- Discover how to encourage wildlife to visit your home using feeders,
houses, and various native plant varieties, while restoring habitat
and adding beauty at the same time.
Birding 101 - Here's an opportunity to
learn to identify birds through behavior, markings, and habitat while
exploring the grounds surrounding Camp Arrowhead. Enjoy viewing many
local resident species, as well as coastal migrants, and learn to use
your backyard as a wildlife oasis.
Inland Bays Ecology - This course provides
a basic understanding of the dynamic ecology of this shallow-water estuarine
system. Activities include seining and identification of fish and invertebrates
of the Inland Bays. Water quality and other environmental issues are